What happens when emo kids grow up and acqure jazz degrees? Stop.drop.rewind happens.
Stop.drop.rewind., a progressive/powerpop band from Valparaiso, Indiana, have supplied sad, catchy jams to their fans since 2009. The three-piece band released two previous EPs, Part Of The Whole (2012) and Smoke Signals (2014), which both combined powerful lyrics with beautiful instrumentation.
[Photo cred: Kelsie Lunsford]
With a flavorful mix of jazz, indie, alternative, and pop, the guys worked together to create a stunning, melodic sound found on their brand new EP, Polarity. The EP is the band’s first release to feature their newest member, drummer Andy Sutton. Kris Lohn and DJ Cranston were the original members, jamming together since 2000. Since the release of their two prior EPs, the band offers a fuller, more mature sound.
Polarity has jams that will make you emotional, and others that will make you want to push-mosh your best friends. The first song, “Bottomless,” starts the EP off strong. The fast paced riffs and epic guitar solos will keep you hooked.
The second track, “Guts,” starts off mysterious, then progresses into an intense, melodic harmony. “Guts” was the first song SDR released to the public, most likely being their most popular track.
The fourth track, “Super Solider,” is also notable. With it’s catchy and well-written chorus, “Super Solider” will get stuck in your head, and you won’t even be mad about it.
The last song on the EP, “Quicksand,” has a very distinct opening, and continues to live up to the high expectations set by the previous songs. SDR made an excellent decision leaving “Quicksand” until the end, causing the EP to end just as strong as it began.
Polarity is out now, available for purchase as digital download and physical copies. Don’t miss the band’s EP release show tonight, Febraury 12, at the Franklin House in Valparaiso, Indiana for any fans 21 and over. All fans under 21 are encouraged to attend the band’s additional EP release show at Royal Skate Shop in Lansing, IL on February 20th at 5:30pm.
For more information, check out the band’s website!
Written by Kelsie Lunsford
Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield
Photo by Kelsie Lunsford